For Bears' Mitchell Trubisky, There's A Lesson In One Ugly Play

October 23, 2018 - 4:30 pm
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(670 The Score) Mistakes are an element of being human, with some greater than others. In their aftermath, one hopes to learn from the errors and become better for them.

That's certainly the case for second-year Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who had his share of miscues in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday. Coach Matt Nagy defended the 24-year-old Trubisky, saying he played well, but one play in particular couldn't be defended.

With 11:14 in the second quarter, the Bears had a 10-7 lead over the Patriots and a first-and-goal opportunity from the Patriots' 2-yard line. They lined up bunched at the goal line with Trey Burton and Dion Sims to the right, Ben Braunecker at fullback and tackle Bradley Sowell eligible to the right.

Nagy hoped to catch the Patriots cheating on a run play and dialed up the play-action pass. His hopes was that the defense would be sucked in with the play-action, leading to a receiver or two open for an easy touchdown. Sowell's presence as the eligible tackle was to influence New England into thinking it was indeed a run.

But Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't fooled. New England rushed six and dropped five into coverage. The Bears' hope to isolate a target in the end zone was thwarted. 

Trubisky dropped back nine yards, then rolled out to his right in evading a rusher. Free from the pocket, Trubisky had the opportunity to throw the ball away and create second-and-goal, still at the 2-yard line. Instead, he forced a throw into double coverage toward Sowell, the 6-foot-7 tackle with zero career receptions. Trubisky was lucky it wasn't intercepted.

"He knows that's a critical error that you cannot do," Nagy said of Trubisky's decision. "There's no excuses for it. He knows it.

"That's a play where (the Patriots) got us. In those situations as a quarterback, that was a bad play call. So, go ahead, don't make a bad play worse, let's go to second down. That's why you do that on first down."

After getting lucky, the Bears did get to second down, in which Nagy dialed up an old-fashioned run play with Jordan Howard, who found his way to the end zone and extended the Bears' lead.

For Trubisky, it represented an opportunity to learn a lesson.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​